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Monday, 14 October 2002

mmO2's German subsidiary signs contract to build SDH microwave radio network for third generation mobile roll-out

Marconi today announced that it has been selected by 02, the German mobile network operator, to build a transmission network to support the launch of third generation mobile services due to be introduced in Germany next year. Under the major four-year frame contract, Marconi will supply its Digital Radio System (MDRS), a point-to-point microwave radio technology, to enable the transport of large amounts of third generation traffic from NodeB base stations to 02's fixed network.

The contract also includes Marconi's Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) short-haul systems and antennae systems, as well as network management, installation, commissioning and training. The contract also covers long-haul SDH systems and SDH cross-connect equipment, as well as PDH equipment. Marconi will also provide consultancy and services support.

Marconi is among the leading providers of telecommunications transmission equipment in Europe. The company has extensive experience in installing transmission networks for mobile operators and is increasingly supplying networks for third generation (3G) mobile services.

"We have been looking for a SDH microwave radio solution to be prepared for the ever increasing traffic of new mobile data services within the transmission part of our network," said Karl-Wilhelm Rohrsen, Chief Technology Officer of 02. "Marconi was able to prove that they have the right technology to meet our roll-out requirements and builds on our long-term partnership with Marconi."

Commenting on the agreement, Mike Parton, Marconi chief executive, said: "Germany is at the forefront in the roll-out of third generation mobile services and Marconi is playing a central part by providing reliable, proven transmission networks. The strength of our technology and our long term customer relationship played a crucial role in winning this contract and make us a strong contender to win further 3G transmission network builds across Europe."

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